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Power Luncheon posterPower Luncheon

2 nights in Jan 2020 @ the OSO Arts Centre in Barnes.

An imaginary reconstruction of 3 lunches at Buckingham Palace between Churchill an G V1 at important moments in WW2. The last scene was is on D Day, 6th June 1944.

by Wally Sewell

Winston Churchill – Edmund Dehn
George VI – Peter Saracen


Scene 1 – 10th September 1940
Scene 2 – 3rd August 1943
Scene 3 – 6th June 1944, D-DAY


Director: Anthony Shrubsall
Producer: Lucy Appleby  


In 1941, fleeing the Nazis, Marxist playwright Bertolt Brecht arrived in America where he met English actor and Hollywood star Charles Laughton. Attracted to each other like celestial objects they embarked on translating and adapting Brecht's play Life of Galileo for its American premiere, with Laughton playing the lead, while history, in the form of the the atomic bomb and the House Un-American Activities Committee, exerted its pull.

Originally commissioned for the Ealing Autumn Festival, this production has played at the Drayton Theatre Ealing, the White Bear Theatre Kennington, Hoftheater Sigmaringen in Germany - receiving local newspaper and television coverage - Richmond School of Ideas and TAK Kolberg in Poland.

★★★★ "tracks the fine line between genius and vanity" - The Stage

★★★★ "forces us to reflect on questions about the nature of scientific and dramatic truth" - Live Theatre UK

★★★★ "A must for those who desire theatre that stimulates the mind " - Everything Theatre

★★★★ "a remarkable and thought-provoking piece of theatre" - Theatre Bubble

★★★★ "gains intensity in the intimate auditorium" - Pocket Size Theatre

★★★★ “...some really funny moments...” “Very strong two person play...” Matthew Partridge – Remote Goat

★★★★ “ a boxing match, the two characters jab punches towards each other’s beliefs, convictions and philosophies.” “...a highly enjoyable play...” Penny Culliford – Remote Goat

“...a remarkable account of a remarkable series of meetings... ...beautifully performed, I only wished I had had the chance to see the play again because I am certain it would reward repeated viewings..." Tony Palmer - film director

"A fascinating play about two great artists.” Carolin Kopplin – UK Theatre Network

“...a fine play...” “...both actors were excellent...” starcourse blog

“Truly gripping and thought provoking... relevant today as it was in Germany in the 1940s or in seventeenth century Rome.” Anne Dunhill – Independent Catholic News Review